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  • Funny Face

    Funny Face

    thirtysomething teenage Bookworm is romanced around Paris by aging gay stick insect.

    When talking about the film it's hard to get yourself past the age gap and the politics of gender and film making.

    When actually watching it it's surprisingly easy to do so because it's far more about the interaction of moving blocks of colour than anything relating to human romance and neither Hepburn or more especially Astaire has ever really managed to sell any form of romance on…

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai

    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    ★★★★½

    A very enjoyable, pre-conception shattering, watch.

    The sort of film that must have been on in the background somewhere when I was growing up that just raised all sorts of generational and class based objections that ended up surprising me with just how involving and tense the conclusion was. Great action storytelling.

    It's obviously dated, although there was less overt racism than I expected, indeed the long dead stereotypes it plays with most are English ones. Holden was a little…

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  • Rear Window

    Rear Window

    ★★★★★

    I guess I'm just going to watch this every few years for the rest of my life and keep finding different things to enjoy in it. This time it was finding Leiutenant Doyle more hilarious than usual and admiring everything Kelly brought to it.

    Oh and the construction, the way the events in the other apartments are used to divert Stewart (and of course us) at key moments or to have him on the phone about lonelyhearts so he can talk straight to the police, a perfectly plotted movie.

    But everything else was great too, is there a film Thelma Ritter doesn't elevate?

  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    ★★★★★

    My opportunities for watching films are often quite limited, and often coincide with looking after my daughter and I have hundreds of films here to watch. So I tend to go for fairly short films and fit a few into my film watching days. Which means films like this, which I was always sure I would love, tend to sit unwatched for years at a time.

    Which is a shame, as the long run time that makes me opt to…